Genre: Instrumental,Psychedelic, Drone, Ambient
Members: Shane, Mark, Stephen, John
Location: St.Petersburg, FL
Questions answered by Shane
1) How did Set & Setting come together?
I (Shane) was writing a good amount of music with GarageBand on my computer by myself for a few years. Eventually, I started collaborating with our original bassist and continued to write and record full songs on our computers. We knew Mark from high school and I randomly ran into him and asked him if he wanted to play music. A few weeks later he drove out to St. Pete to play, and we have been practicing at least once a week since. After a few line up changes toward the beginning, Stephen, and John came to join the band.
2) Most memorable concert.
Like… Ever? We all got to see Pink Floyd back in the day, that was pretty great. I think the year was 1972? It was a little after Meddle came out, I remember that much. Memorable, for sure.
3. Do you think not having a vocalist limits your music, or expands it?
There’s no voice, so we basically opted out of an “instrument” in our band. This doesn’t necessarily limit us, it just doesn’t exist within our sound. I feel that it may expand our music in a sense because we don’t have to worry about vocals and all that comes with it. It allows us to do whatever we want with song structure, melody, and rhythm without the question of where vocals are going to be fit into it. I think having vocals would change the way we structure our songs, therefore changing the sound and feeling as well. When we first became a band we tried to have vocals, and it really only needed it because we wrote the music for vocals to be in it. We never had a steady vocalist, and we were confident in our music without it, so we decided to go completely instrumental. This really opened up a lot of doors musically and structurally for the music we were writing.
4. What are your feelings on the St. Petersburg / Tampa music scene?
I feel that the St. Petersburg and Tampa scenes are sort of split. From what I’ve noticed it’s two different scenes where only a few people venture over the bridge, and are consistently parts of both. I’m totally guilty of dreading, and not taking the drive to Tampa for a lot of shows, even with big name touring bands, so I can’t complain. A lot of bands know each other and are friends from both cities though, and they do come together from time to time which is great. I’m not too familiar with the Tampa scene but for St. Pete I feel that it’s been, and still is, constantly growing and expanding. The amount of shows that have been taking place in St. Pete as of late have been really great. I can see the enthusiasm and excitement for having new bands and touring bands coming through here. I think that St. Pete’s music scene is hungry for new music and more shows that are in St. Pete, and the turnouts/support lately can prove that.
5. What are some things you hope to achieve as a band?
We hope to keep writing music that we’re proud of and take the band as far as we can take it. It’d be great to see the world, put out records, and be financially stable, but we like to be realistic and plan out our immediate future and it’s possibilities.
6. How would you describe your sound to a potential fan?
This is a hard answer to give, there are a lot of different sounds in our music. I usually will just say it’s all instrumental, maybe add ambient or psychedelic in there, and just let the listeners decide for themselves. I think if I gave a genre, or genre’s, out to a potential fan it would fall short of the wide range of sounds that we have in our music.
Listen to our latest recording “Trails” a 1 song EP at setandsetting.bandcamp.com. We are doing a 7 day Florida tour November 4-10th with Deadhorse from Pennsylvania including a St. Pete show at Ramblin’ Rose Upcycle (683 Central Ave.) on Tuesday, Nov. 8th. More info on our pages:
1- Ted Leo & The Pharmacists @ The Crowbar
1- Kevin Seconds @ The Local 662
2- Fitz & The Tantrums @ State Theatre
2- M83 @ The Beacham
2- Odd Future @ Ritz Ybor
3- Between the Buried and Me @ Ritz Ybor
4- Fishbone @ Jannus Live
5- Wednesday 13 @ State Theatre
6- Bizzy Bone @ State Theatre
8- (HED) PE @ State Theatre
9- Matt Hires @ Orpheum
9- Saves the Day/ Bayside @ State Theatre
10- Silent Disco @ Ritz Ybor
12- Of Mice & Men @ Orpheum
12- She Wants Revenge @ Ritz Ybor
13- Mayday Parade @ State Theatre
14- Agnostic Front @ Orpheum
….find more at statemedia.com